Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Clegg's sulk,the end of the High Street,who tapped Millie's phone and those fake polar bears-Tuesday's papers

Clegg's day of rage is how the Independent describes it as the recriminations from the EU row continue to batter the coalition.

The paper describes how the deputy Prime Minister boycotted David Cameron's Commons statement on Europe and the two men clashed over Britain's next moves in its bitter dispute with the rest of the EU.

In an astonishing gesture, Mr Clegg refused to take up his usual place at Mr Cameron's side when he explained to MPs why he had become the first British Prime Minister to veto an EU treaty. The Liberal Democrat leader, who was accused of cowardice by Conservative and Labour MPs, said he did not want to be a "distraction". But his absence also underlined his very public disagreement with Mr Cameron on Europe.

The big sulk is how the Mail describes it as it adds that Clegg took to the TV studios instead to accuse the PM of endangering the livelihoods of millions of Britons by risking isolation in Europe.

Pressed about the Deputy Prime Minister’s absence the paper says, Mr Cameron told MPs: ‘I’m not responsible for his whereabouts.’

The Guardian adds that Liberal Democrat cabinet sources described Cameron's negotiating strategy as "unbelievably cackhanded", one adding: "It is just beginning to dawn on Cameron and George Osborne just what a big mistake this is proving to be. They have tried to bounce us and there is going to be a price to be paid."

Meanwhile the Express claims that the country faces a revenge attack for David Cameron’s EU snub when a senior Brussels bureaucrat promised a new deluge of damaging red tape on UK business.

The Telegraph leads with the Mary Portas' investigation into the High streets in which she concludes that years of “erosion, neglect and mismanagement” have left many town centres and market towns on the brink of extinction.

The report,out today says the paper, will set out around 30 recommendations to halt the rapid decline of town centres.

Lives are being put at risk at leading hospitals because of a growing financial crisis that has exposed inequalities in care reports the Times.

A report out today by the King’s Fund warns that health trusts in London,are not implementing essential reforms to improve patient safety,that failing services are not being closed, and “unacceptable” variations in care quality may persist because most trusts in the capital are under an unsustainable financial burden.

The Leveson inquiry has launched its own investigation in an attemptto "get to the bottom of" fresh evidence about the News of the World's hacking of Milly Dowler's voicemail according to the Guardian.

Yesterday,adds the Independent,the Metropolitan Police ruled out the private investigator Glenn Mulcaire as the person who initially hacked into her mobile phone account.

Sir Fred Goodwin,former chief executive of Royal Bank of Scotland, was able to remove crucial warnings about the risk the bank was taking from a letter sent by the UK regulator to the lender's board reports the Telegraph.

As the Times says,the FSA found that his “domineering” management style had been called into question four years before RBS was forced to the brink of collapse by its disastrous takeover of ABN Amro.

To the redtops and the Sun leads with the news that Little Mix star Perrie Edwards last night revealed she has dumped One Direction winners of the X factor boyfriend Zayn Malik.

According to the paper,the news will be a blow for Zayn, who is said to be besotted with the feisty Geordie. The pair have dated for around two months after meeting on the shoot for The X Factor charity single.

The Mirror leads with the news that Sir David Attenborough yesterday defended Frozen Planet’s fake polar bear footage.As more footage from the series was exposed as a sham,the paper reports the presenter's comments:

“The question is, during the middle of this scene when you are trying to paint what it is like in the middle of winter at the pole, to say ‘Oh, by the way, this was filmed in a zoo’.

Elsewhere the Independent reports that The Independent Police Complaints Commission has admitted it "was a mistake" to announce that Mark Duggan, who was shot dead by police officers last August sparking widespread rioting, had been involved in a firefight with officers.

Barack Obama has acknowledged a US drone was in Iranian hands for the first time and said the United States has asked Tehran to return the sophisticated spy aircraft says the Telegraph.

And some good news on climate change from Durban or as the Guardian says,at least a deal to agree a deal,but the scale of the work that still needs to be done became plain today.

Finally the Times reports that Hamleys, the country’s most famous toy store, has abandoned its traditional separate floors for boys and girls after a campaign on Twitter accused it of operating “gender apartheid”

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